Why You May Consider Seeing a Chiropractor for Nerve Pain before seeing your GP? The most common nerve pain in the low back and leg is describe as “sciatic pain” or “Sciatica”. Sciatic pain is simply an irritation to the nerves that innervate ones leg. Sciatica can be felt as pain that shoots (or refers) through the buttock and down the leg towards the foot and ankle.
Nerve Pain Signs & Symptoms
Nerve pain and nerve problems are typically accompanied by signs of muscle weakness, skin tingling, sensation of pins and needles, burning or general numbness. If these strange sensations persist for a period of time severe motor paralysis (although rare) can occur. Like any musculoskeletal complaint, individual differences in symptoms can occur.
Common Causes of Nerve Pain
- Inflammation and irritation of the nerve from being in contact with other structures in the body (i.e “pinched nerve”)
- Pressure on the nerve, usually by a ruptured or bulging disc. A visit to a chiropractor can help with this problem and can avoid costly procedures. It is a good point of call if referral for surgery is required
Which individuals may be particularly at risk for developing nerve pain?
- Jobs where you sit for long periods of time may put you at risk for nerve injury, especially if you have poor posture.
- Those involved in a motor vehicle accident.
- Having had shingles (especially elderly)
- Patients with Spinal Stenosis
- Patients with Arthritis
- Coronary Artery disease (Heart attack symptoms can include pain shooting down left arm)
How Chiropractors Approach Nerve Pain
Chiropractors examine your spine for areas of bio-mechanical joint dysfunction, which may contribute to abnormal joint stress and nervous system changes. Nervous system changes may lead to altered nerve function leading to nerve pain or damage in severe circumstances. Chiropractic care may enhance the general nervous system function, and is aimed at counteracting the aforementioned negative changes.